February 13, 2005

Gruesome Rock Video Appropriates footage from "Silence of the Lambs"

As explained by an About.com article, a Chicago band called The Greenskeepers have made a splash with a video that re-uses clips from the film "Silence of the Lambs."

It took me till the 2nd chorus or so to realize the source. The psychologically interesting thing is
that the video was really disturbing even before I figured out what the source was, but it became even more so after. I almost couldn't finish it. Maybe it's because setting it to the rather ordinary and glammy song conjured up associations between pop-stardom and violent psychopaths. (the murderer, when singing and dancing in the video, reminds me somewhat of Def Leppard's singer, or a million other blond androgynous rock idols)

The Greenskeepers also have another video that appropriates the classic bizarre cult film "Forbidden Planet."

Interesting that the article doesn't mention at all any legal problems over the videos.

(Thanx to Taylor McLaren, for giving me the heebie-jeebies all over again.)

Posted by steev at February 13, 2005 07:14 PM